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April 2010


Research has demonstrated that the majority of patients go to publications and the internet to learn more about their health and their diagnosis.  This is a growing trend and one that will continue to influence the practice of spinecare. Many healthcare professionals use topic specific brochures and direct their patients to accurate information online. 

The American Academy of Spine Physicians AASP has worked with the International Spine Association (ISA) to develop an online Public Information Center (PIC) as well as publications which cover "need-to-know" topics for use with patients. Published formats include brochures, e-books, fact sheets, spine information script forms, and web documents. Many publications can be downloaded directly from the AASP website to a printer or to other media such as a CD or jump drive.

The AASP offers a series of brochures which collectively address a broad spectrum of spine and related topics.  Brochures are available to help members promote their role in spinecare and to help develop referral relationships with other healthcare professionals. Some publications are available FREE to healthcare professionals whereas others are limited to use by active members.

Healthcare professionals have access to online spine information script forms which can be downloaded and used to direct patients to the online Public Information Center (PIC) managed by the International Spine Association. The script form includes a list of common spine disorders as well as other topics with a check box next to each.  The attending healthcare professional simply marks the relevant topics and provides the script to their patient. A brochure titled the Online Public Information Center was developed to motivate and help patients’ access multimedia database. Healthcare professional are encouraged to give their patients the Information script form and the brochure.  

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